Jack White has said that he is “really disappointed” by a homophobic incident that took place at one of his gigs last week.
The ‘Boarding House Reach‘ rocker was performing at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada on November 2, when attendee Allyson MacIvor was asked to stop kissing her friend. As CBS reports, White was performing the hit ‘Seven Nation Army’ when they were confronted by a member of staff.
“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor told the publication.
“It was very violating and invasive,” she added. “It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.”
MacIvor said that the venue’s manager “apologised profusely” after the pair were escorted to them by the employee. However, she said, “it still didn’t help the incident and the hurt that came out of this”.
Now, Jack White has responded in a statement on Instagram. Captioning an old photo of two women kissing at a Beatles concert in 1964, White said: “Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide.”
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This photo is a lesbian couple sharing a kiss at a Beatles concert in 1964 while the rest of the crowd screamed for the band. This is one of my favorite photos because of how beautiful the situation is; they are hiding in plain sight. Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide. The news that two women were stopped from kissing during my show in Edmonton really disappointed me. At the next show in Calgary I dedicated the song “love interruption” to the two women and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones. Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can. -Jack White III
After saying that news of the incident last week “really disappointed [him]”, he said that he dedicated the track ‘Love Interruption’ to the pair at his following show in Calgary – “and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones”.
“Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can,” White concluded.
Meanwhile, last month saw Jack White lead a crowd in singing a Polish birthday song to his mother at his show in Warsaw.